Air Balancing – A Brief History
Air balancing is an ancient trade dating back to 1732 when a French Engineer named Henri Pitot created a method for measuring fluid pressure. Even though air balancing is critical to the performance of your air conditioning and heating system, less than 5,000 individuals in the world are trained and certified in air balancing today.
What is Air Balancing?
In its simplest form, air balancing is the process of testing and adjusting your air conditioning system to deliver the right amount of air to each room in your home. The actual air balancing process includes a number of related tests that determine the performance of your air conditioning and heating system including system pressures (manometers), temperatures and humidity (hygrometers). The results of all these individual tests are compiled into a summary report to determine how well your air conditioner is functioning as a whole.
How Air Balancing can improve your air conditioning system
It’s not uncommon to find a system 30% to 50% low on airflow. Air passes through the equipment and carries the heating or cooling inside. The effectiveness of the equipment is entirely dependent on the amount of airflow. When your certified technician measures the airflow he can “see” system performance. With this information he can diagnose, repair, and balance the duct system for maximum air conditioning performance. The end result is rooms that are the same temperature, have cleaner air, have better humidity control, and deliver real energy savings.